One can travel on the open path through the middle of the room with a row of paintings and photographs resting on easels to the left side, a line of T-shirts that make up the Clothesline Project on the upper wall to the right, and a stream of deconstructed advertisements shuffle across a TV screen below these. Streaming on an LED message ticker wrapped around the edges of the room are the circulating tweets from rEV-goers containing the hash tag “umrev12”, with messages commenting on the art or the excitement in being at the location.
On April 10th, the Michigan Difference Student Leadership Awards were held in the Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom. This year, SAPAC’s very own, Lauren McIntosh was nominated and won the Unsung Hero / Quiet Leadership Award!
The intersection of rape culture and body image is a topic that is not nearly talked about as much as it should be. While there are many conversations on campus regarding both issues, there is not something that ties the two together in a way that educates and informs people. Separately, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center and Body Peace Corps work on behalf of what each organization focuses on.
SafeHouse Center Definitions
Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behavior used by people to control their intimate partners. It often involves a physical assault or a threat of physical assault, but an abusive relationship may involve verbal and/or emotional abuse; sometimes it begins with these types of abuse and evolves into physical abuse. A physical assault is almost always accompanied by one or more abusive tactics.
The Men’s Activism Program hosted a Super Smash Bros tournament called Smash for Safehouse on March 31, 2012. Thirty-five participants competed for the top prize of a Kindle 4G as well as the glory of Super Smash Bros supremacy. The MAs worked closely with UMSmash, a student group on campus who frequently put on similar tournaments; this group provided Gamecubes, controllers, and a program to create brackets. All proceeds from the entry fee went to buy games, controllers, and other equipment for children staying at Safehouse.
The purpose of this section is to familiarize the reader with how SafeHouse Center of Washtenaw County and the state of Michigan define dating and domestic violence. In addition, it is designed to provide an overview of the various forms of abuse such as emotional, verbal, physical, and sexual abuse. It is imperative that panelists have a complete understanding of definitions and types of abuse before hearing a dating or domestic violence-related case. Please note that there are many overlaps between sexual assault and dating and domestic violence.
The Office on Violence Against Women, along with the entire Department of Justice, the President and the Vice-President, is proud to join with our partners in the field to recognize October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
As a victim of a crime, you may be eligible for monetary assistance. Assistance may include compensation for medical expenses, counseling, rehabilitation, and loss of earnings resulting from an injury that is the direct result of a crime. Claims should be filed within one year; however, there are exceptions for child victims of sexual abuse and upon petition for good cause. You can get a claim form from Crime Victim Services Commission, the local Prosecuting Attorney, any State Police post, or from SAPAC.
You are a witness in the state’s case against the assailant. You will be subpoenaed to testify during the criminal process. The prosecuting attorney or city attorney will present the case on behalf of the “people of the State of Michigan” and does not represent you specifically. However, as the victim of a crime, you do have certain rights. You can contact the prosecuting attorney or city attorney’s office to find out which prosecutor is working on the case. You can contact that attorney with any questions you have about the criminal case.
The following statistics were taken from the 2006 National Violence Against Women Survey from the Department of Justice:
Rape Trauma Syndrome
Many survivors experience what is called Rape Trauma Syndrome or RTS. Rape Trauma is characterized by a series of emotions and behaviors that a survivor experiences following rape. The following are three phases of rape trauma:
This is a reminder to U of M students, faculty, and staff about the late night transportation options available to them. SafeRide, S.A.F.E.WALK, and Night Ride can all be reached at 734-647-8000.
If you'd like to understand your reporting options, SAPAC can provide in-depth information about policy procedures and practices. There are certain University resources available, but not all of them are confidential. Reporting to non-confidential offices may intiate a Title IX investigation.
For more information on confidential and non-confidential resources, follow the link to this resource chart.
Join SAPAC’s Networking, Publicity, and Activism volunteer program, SafeHouse Center, and New Visions on Monday October 1st on the Diag in observing Domestic Violence Awareness Month! 12-1 pm Rally & 7-8 pm Candlelight Vigil
The Clothesline Project is an event honoring the experiences of survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, incest or child sexual abuse. It targets violence related to sexual orientation, and victims who have died as a result of sexual violence. The words of survivors and their supporters are displayed on t-shirts that they have created. Each year, the NPAs host a t-shirt painting event for survivors and their supporters.
"SAPAC helped me become the activist I am today!"
On May 15, 2013, three representatives from the Relationship Remix lead team were invited to the Michigan Union to present at the tenth annual Division of Student Life Research Symposium: Connecting Theory to Practice. Conference presenters were Holly Rider-Milkovich, Director of SAPAC, Laura McAndrew, Sexual Health Educator at University Health Service, and Carley Flanery, Relationship Remix Workshop Coordinator.